2014 FantasySavvy Football: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 7

By: Kevin Lewis

If you saw me suggest to sit DeMarco Murray and actually listened, I sincerely apologize. If you didn’t listen to that idiotic suggestion, we can all forget it happened. Yes?  Yes? Cool.

Start

Andre Holmes, vs OAK– Arizona is currently 32nd in WR fantasy points against. On top of that, they currently have given up the 4th most 20+ yard passing plays in the NFL. Andre Holmes has been targeted 28 times, and nine of those are on passes 20 yards or longer. Holmes has a good matchup this week. Exploit it.

Odell Beckham Jr, @DAL– With Victor Cruz down for the season, one would expect Beckham’s workload and statistical production to rise. I know he only had 2-28 last week, but the entire Giants offensive line forgot they had a game that night. While the Cowboys have allowed the fifth fewest points to wide receivers, I say you start Beckham anyway. And I think he offers WR2 potential for the rest of the season

Roddy White, @BAL– White has been a monumental disappointment all season. He expressed disappointment in his play recently and I think he’s due for a big game. The Ravens have given up the sixth most fantasy points to wide receivers this year and in a game that should feature a lot of pass attempts, one would think White is DUE. I think he has a big game.

Brandin Cooks, @DET– This is all a hunch. Graham might be slowed a bit by injury, and Colston has generally been bad this year. Despite how good the Lions defense is, I think Cooks is going to have a lot of opportunities. He’s caught at least 5 passes in 4 of his 5 games. I think he’s a sneaky good PPR play this week.

Jordan Cameron, @JAX- Cameron finally let his presence in the 2014 NFL season be known last week with a 3-102-1 line against the Steelers. Cameron is locked and loaded as the #1 target in Cleveland and is going against the fourth most generous defense to opposing TEs in the NFL. Start him, sit back and laugh.

Keenan Allen, vs KC– Allen has had a slow start to the season and I get the frustration with him. That said, he still leads the Chargers in targets, catches, and yards. Eventually that production will step up and it will start this week against a Chiefs defense he tormented to the tune of 14 catches for 213 yards in two meetings last season. Be patient with Allen.

Jordan Reed, vs TEN– Jordan Reed rewarded those who started him last week with an 8-92 line in his return. The oft injured, but extremely talented tight end only saw 50% of the snaps last week but was targeted 11 times. Against a defense that’s let up the sixth most points to opposing TEs, Reed is a cinch start here. And for the rest of the year, he’s a mid TE1 when healthy.

Lamar Miller, @CHI– I expect that this I the last time I will put his name here as he will be a borderline RB1 the rest of the way. Knowshon Moreno’s injury means Miller is the man in that backfield now and he has produced well when given the opportunities this year (5.2 YPC on 63 carries, and 15 catches for 95 yards). The Bears yield 4.3 YPC. Miller is a high end RB2 for this game.

Sit

The entire Jaguars backfield, vs CLE– I don’t have mind blowing analysis here. The Jaguars aren’t very good, their run game is even worse

Zac Stacy, vs SEA– It’s tough sledding for Stacy. He is on a poor team and now is firmly entrenched in a time share with Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason. The Seahawks have given up 3.1 YPC on the season. In my opinion, Stacy is bench fodder for the time being.

Jerick McKinnon, @BUF– I like McKinnon a lot going forward but given his pass blocking issues, the coach saying he wanted to dial back on his touches, and the Buffalo defense (2nd least points allowed to RBs), it would be a wise idea to wait a week to start him

Brian Quick, vs SEA– While the Seahawks pass defense  has taken a step back, they’ve done a pretty good job dealing with primary WRs as they’ve held Dez Bryant, Jordy Nelson and DeMaryius Thomas in check. I expect a lot of the same for Quick.

Ronnie Hillman, vs SF– I know Hillman had a good game against a really good Jets run defense but the Jets essentially dared the Broncos to run the ball. The Niners have allowed the fourth least points to opposing RBs. I think he’s at best a shaky flex option this week.

Bishop Sankey, @WAS– We keep waiting for the breakout with this guy. Ken Whisenhunt talks him up every week, only for him to put up pedestrian numbers. Washington has allowed the sixth least points to fantasy running backs this season. Sit him down

Mark Ingram, @DET– While Detroit’s defense is really good, this isn’t about them. Ingram is fresh off an injury and we know how Payton is with his RB distribution. I’d hold off on starting him until his role becomes clearer.

Mohammed Sanu, @IND– The Colts give up the fourth least points to WRs this season. While the targets will be there for Sanu, I’m not sure the success will be.

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